UAE Organ doning

Strangely enough was only having this very conversation yesterday and here is a piece in the National

It is something that i feel strongly about and have inserted in my will although neither of my children are in agreement
It seems to me only reasonable to provide what is useful to others who will then ahve a better quality of life or life itself.
I can see the concern about ethics but still feel that nurse’s and doctors do their best for us not themselves
And this is an honourable gift to another.
Read below and see what you think.

UAE’s largest organ unit receiving calls ‘every day’ from prospective donors
Abu Dhabi hospital has 250 patients on waiting with list no relative that is a match

Shireena Al Nowais

February 18, 2018
Surgeons perform the UAE’s first full heart transplant at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Photo Courtesy: Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Surgeons perform the UAE’s first full heart transplant at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Photo Courtesy: Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
How Islam’s view of posthumous transplant surgery changed

Transplants from the deceased have been carried out in hospitals across the globe for decades, but in some countries in the Middle East, including the UAE, the practise was banned until relatively recently.

Opinion has been divided as to whether organ donations from a deceased person is permissible in Islam.

The body is viewed as sacred, during and after death, thus prohibiting cremation and tattoos.

One school of thought viewed the removal of organs after death as equally impermissible.

That view has largely changed, and among scholars and indeed many in society, to be seen as permissible to save another life.

The UAE’s largest transplant centre is receiving calls “every day” from prospective donors, providing hope to hundreds of patients on a waiting list for new organs.

Doctors at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) said they have been encouraged by the number of members of the public that have come forward to volunteer to give their organs in the event of their death.

The hospital has conducted four kidney transplants from deceased donors to living patients since a change in the law last year made the procedure possible for the first time.

It also intends to branch out from just kidney operations this year.

But with 1,100 people currently on dialysis and 200 new patients every year in government hospitals, medics want to spread awareness and promote a culture of donating organs.

“There are many people with organ failure in this country, so our job is to promote transplantation and let people know that there are options available,” said Dr Mohamed Al Seiari, consultant physician and a nephrologist at SKMC.

“To my surprise though, there are many families who want to donate. Every day we receive calls from people who want to donate after their death. There is an evident change in culture, but we still need further education and to spread the word.”

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – February 18th, 2018: Mohamed Yahya Al Seiari (Consultant Physician Nephrology). Organ donations and patients on waiting list for donations. Sunday, February 18th, 2018. Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Consultant physician Dr Mohamed Yahya Al Seiari said more and more members of the public are volunteering to donate their organs in the event of their death. Chris Whiteoak / The National
He gave an example of the Emirati parents of a four-year-old boy who died recently.

“Their son was just declared dead and they immediately told us to take his organs. They said that they didn’t want to go feeling that their son’s life has gone to waste. They literally fought with us to take their son’s organs after he was declared dead at the hospital.”

But the recent change means tha tthe UAE is starting a donor programme from scratch.

The deceased donor list is open to nationals and non UAE nationals in the UAE.

However, talks are still going on about the mechanism and how and where people can register to be donors.

Current procedures include hospital staff visiting emergency units and approaching families of eligible donors.

“As times passes and the registry develops, people will understand this concept more and be more than willing to donate,” said Dr Mohammed Badar Zaman, head of transplant and liver Surgery at SKMC.

“In the meantime, the way that it happens is that when someone dies in a hospital, and is confirmed dead, then someone approaches the family to ask for consent.”

He said there is a need to create a larger pool of potential donors.

“Every year 200 new patients are added to that list, so the number of patients who need to be transplanted in this country is quite high,” he said.

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He said the waiting list for organs reflects the general population, most are expats.

“It is well distributed amongst all nationalities but what we have noticed is that in the past couple of years, there has been a steady rise of Emiratis coming forward for transplantation,” he said.

Dr Mohammed Badar Zaman said a system will soon allow people to identify themselves as a donor, though it is not known if that will involve carrying a card, for example, as in some countries.

“The message is that soon the Department of Health will set up a registry, so national policies and procedures can be set out out,” he said.

“We have actively started the programme at SKMC for anyone who needs a transplant and does not have a living related donor.

“Anyone who wishes to register or needs a transplant can do so without discrimination. Anyone who wishes to donate their organs can contact us directly.

“Transplants are for anyone and everybody who is living in the UAE – whether a UAE national or not.”

what it is to be other and not who we think we are

Growing up as an army ‘brat’ we lived in many places and it wasn’t until I lived here that I had been in any one country for more than 2 maybe 3 years. I have now lived in UAE for more years than I have ever lived anywhere in my entire life. I am currently in my second Emirate and living in the second of the homes I have spent the most of my life in…. UAE since 1995 and how much change and development have we both grown through.
Having just read Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche AMERICANAH and been carried along in a very unexpected way I had to write something to myself and anyone else who might be interested.
I always knew I was white in the various countries I grew up but had never had that experience; she so well describes of finding out I was white! [Often called www as in ‘wicked witch of the west’ and ‘white western woman’] usually tongue in cheek. But as we know many a truth is said in jest. In her case arriving in America and then when Dike visits Nigeria and Lagos for the first time as a young man. The idea of African American and American African was quite remarkable to me but makes immense sense. I have watched Morgan Freeman interviewed on this topic and his response makes sense to me. He is an American and no he does not want is history celebrated in one month he wants it to be celebrated and he is correct. In the same way that Arabs would appreciate having their history and contributions recognised rather than obliterated by the great white
People of USA more than anywhere I have ever experiences are apparently obsessed with ethnicity. More so than my own country which alarms me.
Here in UAE I began to have some limited idea about being marginalised for race, gender an more recently age.

There is a whole different range and variation on the Arabs and whether you are GCC or MENA, from the Levant and indeed many Syrians do not consider theme selves Arabs at all
A saying here is you can take ”the Arab out of the country but you can not take the Arab out of the man”

Reflecting back on Occupational Therapy training and then working in the health service also social services I am now struck by how many people were living this life in the shadows as described by Obinze and how various friends, relatives ahve fared. Young men in particular who came from backgrounds that’Vincent’ would consider soft and privileged. Obinze describes when being deported the unnecessary humiliation and degradation he was subjected to because he wanted a choice for education. So many are now forced to make choices for their lives let alone to experience education and God forbid families, social stability and security.
Here in UAE their are also many and not just from Africa but all nationals of this world living between residency and visitor status. Desperate to stay and live this life of a country that invests in it’s people and expatriates wanting to make their lives here unlike that described by Ifemelu and her first experiences of jobs and ID cards!
And now TRUMPS USA! Boris and MAY’S UK….
Imagine having a choice and USA would be the better choice than your own country – to leave and be forever treated as other is too momentous and indeed monstrous to consider.

This book has been quite a journey for me and remarkable and in some instances revelationery in how connected I feel although I am not from Nigeria and have not traveled [or will ever travel] to USA.

Thank you for the journey and partial arrival

NB. These opinions and thoughts are entirely my own

what is wrong with us humans

We are destroying our forests
Raping our land and people
Poisoning our crops

And wrecking the lakes

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-india-40041879/the-polluted-indian-lake-that-catches-fire

LAKE VICTORIA is dying

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-42128779/scientists-warn-lake-victoria-is-dying

We have to start taking care of each oither and our environment it is vita for life

ICONIC landmarks in UAE

Ohhhh
what to do?
https://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/dubai//video-a-sneak-peek-into-the-dubai-frame

DUBAI FRAME or AD LOUVRE
Maybe do both
Or wait for daughter to visit in new year

we can be who we want to be if we believe enough

KL November 2017
I have just spent and inspirational week with delegates in KL
We were working on coaching through emotional inteeligence
Considering the risk context and the importance of risk aversion and risk tolerance
We viewed change process and how to influence with and without authourtiy
The group had three generations and the nationality base was predominantly BRUNEI and English the second language.
there have been some ”AH HA” moments during this journey and i have been thrilled with the outcomes of the entire experience
I wish i had seen this video before we closed the course as i would have shared it to demonstrate how essentia self belief , adaptability, resilience, conscientiousness, motivation, decision making and all the other EBW scales are in being successful
Teams are not just about doing together but also about thinking togehter
Groups of course have their place but as teams we can do wonders

Enjoy this clip

soft power and its advantages as well as influence

It is interesting that France is wearing the mantle of soft power in the West and UAE AD is baout to open THE LOUVRE 11th November

UAE has a soft power committee to develop this area of influence and awareness of other aspects of UAE
We are seeing the growth of RAK PEARLS and another form of culture and history in RAK

NOW a North Korean defector is proposing soft power is the only way to effect change for the better in NORTH KOREA
People power [remember AQUINO and Philippines] may be another way of describing this way of making change

Whether the defector changes his story or not it is enough that SOFT POWER is being spoken of
Especially when Putin is in IRAN just now

Life is an extraordinary journey indeed

North Korea defector urges US to use soft power

NATIONAL NEWSPAPER
02.11.2017
From the section Asia
Thae Yong-ho Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image caption
Thae Yong-ho was North Korea’s deputy ambassador to Britain
A high-level defector has told the US Congress that spreading outside information in North Korea is the best way to deal with the regime.
Thae Yong-ho said undermining Kim Jong-un’s God-like status among his people could be key to weakening his rule.
North Koreans “don’t care about state propaganda but increasingly watch illegally imported South Korean movies and dramas,” he added.
Mr Thae was deputy ambassador to the UK before he defected last year.
He is one of the highest-ranking officials ever to defect from North Korea.
Mr Thae’s speech before US lawmakers comes as President Trump is due to embark on a trip to Asia, including South Korea.
Tensions between North Korea and the West have risen over the past months as Pyongyang has conducted several missile tests and claimed to have tested a hydrogen bomb.
In his first ever visit to Washington, Mr Thae told Congress: “We can educate (the) North Korean population to stand up by disseminating outside information.”
He also urged officials to meet at least once with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, to understand his thinking and convince him that his nuclear programme is risking mass destruction.
“It is necessary to reconsider whether we have tried all non-military options before we decide that military action against North Korea is all that is left,” he said.
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Changes in North Korea meant that “contrary to the official policy and wish of the regime, the free markets are flourishing”, he said.
People were getting more access to outside information, including through micro SD cards which were small enough to be easily smuggled into the country, he added.
Young North Koreans have begun calling said devices “nose cards” because they can be smuggled even inside one’s nostrils, he cited as an example.
These developments “make it increasingly possible to think about civilian uprising in North Korea as more and more people gradually become informed about the reality of their living conditions,” he argued.
Kim Jong-unImage copyrightAFP
Image caption
Mr Thae urged US officials to meet Kim Jong-un at least once
“The US is spending billions of dollars to cope with the military threat and yet how much does the US spend each year on information activities involving North Korea in a year? Unfortunately, it may be a tiny fraction,” he said.
The rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang have seen US President refer to Kim as “little rocket man,” while the North Korean leader called Trump a “mentally deranged dotard”.
North Korean defectors are one of the few sources of information about life in North Korea – yet critics caution that defector’s testimonies might not always be credible, and that some defectors have changed their stories in the past.